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Sale of Grande Dunes brings McConnell Golf to Myrtle Beach

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There's been a pretty big shakeup in Myrtle Beach over the holidays as the destination gears up for it's peak spring golf season.

Burroughs & Chapin, the largest property owner at the beach, sold it's massive Grande Dunes development to LStar Management, reports TheState.com. For golf travelers, perhaps the most notable development is that the Members Club at Grande Dunes will now become part of the McConnell Golf Trail, which offers golf packages and access to prestigious private clubs within the Carolinas, including TPC Wakefield Plantation and the host of the Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour, Sedgefield Country Club. The Members Club will pair nicely with McConnell's other Grand Strand private property, The Reserve Club down in Pawleys Island. 

The Resort Course and Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, however, will remain in the hands of Burroughs & Chapin and Myrtle Beach National (the two companies merged in 2012).

I'm a fan of both courses at Grande Dunes. The original Resort Course has some of the area's most dramatic holes that play above the Intracoastal Waterway. It's also the area's longest course at over 7,600 yards if you so choose.

The Members Course, on the other hand, is a more sublime play that offers wide, rolling fairways. My favorite part, however, is a tee sheet that is never packed to the gills like so many other resort courses in the area, especially during prime time.